“Therefore, everyonewho listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible person who built their house on rock. Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house and it did not fall: it was founded on rock."
From The Principal
Foundation Day Principal’s Address 2018
Good morning everyone and welcome to this wonderful occasion to celebrate the many fantastic opportunities, experiences and friendships that we all share as part of the EAC community. Today we celebrate and give thanks for 20 years of learning, living and leading and take time to acknowledge the founders and pioneer families of the College who had both the vision and the courage to step out into the unknown to bring Emmanuel Anglican College to life.
The Founders of Emmanuel Anglican College were obviously like the wise person in the scripture reading from Matthew’s Gospel who built their house on the rock. Our firm foundations include our Christian faith and heritage, core values such as Christlikeness , compassion and integrity and God’s enduring presence with us, which is best encapsulated in the College name, Emmanuel, which means ‘God with us’. The dream of the Founders was to build a College community that provided access to a quality education for their children in a Christian environment which truly values each and every individual.
As we look back over the many blessings of the last 20 years, I would like to share with you a little about our foundation history.
On 13 December 1995, the Rector of the Parish of St Mary’s Ballina, Rev Geoff Smith called together a group of interested people to discuss the possibility of establishing an Anglican School to service the families of the Ballina, Byron and Lismore region. The minutes from the meeting propose ‘the establishment of a double stream school of approximately 700 pupils, Kindergarten to Year 12’. With this vision in mind, the committed and faithful group, led by Rev Geoff Smith (Patron of Smith House) set about the process to seek support of the Anglican Diocese, the relevant government authorities and the people of the region, to bring their vision to life. Included in this group of early visionaries were Mr Howard Brockington (Patron of Brockington House), who had been a Secondary Principal and district supervisor for the Department of Education. Also present at the initial gathering was Mr Keith Purcival (Patron of Purcival House), who had been a long term Primary Principal in the northern rivers. Both men providing great advice and support to the process of establishing a high quality educational institution.
Support for the establishment of a school grew quickly and over the next two years, all of the necessary processes were put in place to establish the College. It was determined that the school would be known as Emmanuel Anglican College and in September of 1997, Mr Robert Baker was appointed the inaugural principal. Planning commenced to open the College in 1998. It was decided that, Initially the College would operate at the Anglican Church retreat centre known as Gunundi, which was located on the East Ballina Headland. Once the school was up and running, a permanent site would be purchased and the school relocated to this site.
The College then advertised for a suitably qualified, experienced and dedicated teacher to educate the first students of the College. There were over 80 applications for the position with Mrs Joan Pickup being selected to undertake this most important role.
The College Council formally met for the first time on 10 November 1997. The minutes of the meeting highlight discussion relating to the search for a permanent site, purchase of a demountable building for Gunundi to be used as the Classroom and Office, registration of the College with the Board of Studies and selection of College colours for the uniform.
After much preparation, hard work, prayer and with an enormous amount of faith, Emmanuel Anglican College was officially opened on 8 March 1998. There were 16 students on that day. Today there is just under 680 students from Pre-school to Year 12.
Mr Lindsay Walker (Patron of Walker House) joined College Council and took a lead role in the process of identifying and investigating proposed sites for the new school. A number of sites were explored and finally the current site was purchased and work commenced on construction of Stage 1 of the master plan. The College was officially opened on its current site on 5 March, 2000 by which time the College enrolment has swelled to 176 students!
When we look at the incredible facilities and learning opportunities we have today, it hard to believe the courage of the pioneer families who choose to support the small fledgling school. Without these determined, committed, faith filled and courageous people, we would not be here today.
I am very pleased to say that a number of our founders and pioneer families are present today and I would like them to join me on the sanctuary so we can acknowledge them. As they come forward, our Captains will present them with a Certificate of Appreciation and a 20 Year Celebration pin as a small token of our great thanks.
Founders Mr Howard Brockington and Mr Lindsay Walker, both College Council members, House Patrons and great contributors to the College.
Rev Greg Ezzy, former Parish Priest of St Mary’s Parish and a member of College Council for almost 15 years.
Pioneer parents: Mr Mark Coghill, Mr Bill McInerny, Mrs Michelle Trudeaux, Mr Rick Beattie, Mrs Jodie Shelley and Dr Ann Staughton.
All of these parents have given an enormous amount of their own time to the establishment of the College. They enroled their children in the College when it had very little in terms of resources but they were committed to their shared values, a caring community and a common goal to build a great school for their kids. Each of them gave many volunteers hours as either a member of College Council or as President of EAC Friends. They have spent many hours involved in working bees, coordinating events such as the Harvest Fair and the Friends Ball.
EAC is widely renowned for its capacity to care for each student as an individual learner and our ability to support them to achieve their best. At the heart of the culture of EAC is a loving acceptance of all students, but never an acceptance of mediocrity, a love of learning and achievement but never a blinded obsession with results and a desire to encourage students to make the world a better place for all, not just themselves. And I think it would be fair for me to say that the person who has had the single most significant impact on the culture of EAC is our Foundation Teacher –Mrs Joan Pickup. Joan embodies all that is EAC.
For all of these ‘true believers’ I genuinely want to say thank you and hope that you see the wonderful College we have today as part of your legacy to our community.
Please congratulate and thank these wonderful people.
Central to this year’s celebrations is the Induction of the Student Representative Council. I congratulate the students who have been identified by their peers as having the skills and talents that mark them as a leader. I am sure they will make a wonderful contribution to EAC in the coming year. I also want to thank and congratulate all those students who were generous and courageous enough to nominate for election this year. A willingness to be involved, to lend a hand and to give of your time are all signs of a person with great character. If you did nominate and were unsuccessful, I say thank you and also encourage you to continue to look for ways to be involved and to support the College. Whether wearing a badge or not everyone has the opportunity to be a role model for others and to give something back to the College and our community.
There are many opportunities for student leadership across the College and today I would also like to recognise a number of students who will be taking on a leadership role as part of our Band and Music Tuition Program. To be a Band Leader a student must demonstrate a high level of proficiency as a musician, support the Band Coordinator in the preparations for rehearsals and performances as well as mentor and guide the younger members of the Band.
It gives me great pleasure to announce our Band Captains for 2018.
Leading the Primary Concert Band – Olivia Carter and Alexander Kier
Leading the Secondary Concert Band – Niva Ewald and Kate Utting
This year we have also asked a number of students to take on the role of Section Leader to help coordinate each section and its players.
Our Section Leaders for the Primary Band are:
Section Leader (Woodwind) – Matthew Smith and Lola Wagner
Section Leader (Brass) – Christopher Flavel and Marlie Koenen
Section Leader (Percussion) – Jack Whitaker
Section Leaders for the Secondary Band are:
Section Leader (Woodwind) - Ella Kratzer and Noah Grosser
Section Leader (Brass) – Francios Van Kempen and Kirsten Smith
Section Leader (Percussion) – Ella Peart
As we celebrate the foundation of the College, I also wish to acknowledge the hard work, commitment and dedication of a number of the EAC staff at our assembly today and present our 2018 Staff Service Awards.
Each of these staff members has completed 10 years in service of the students and families of the EAC community. Their contributions are numerous, extremely valuable and greatly appreciated. Today we acknowledge and thank:
- For her service to secondary students and Information Technology across the College, we thank Mrs Julie Beavis.
- For her service to primary students we thank Mrs Joanna Macpherson.
- For his contribution to curricular and co-curricular sport across the College, we thank Mr Paul Pryor.
- For his services to Secondary students through his classroom teaching and pastoral and curriculum leadership, we thank Mr Daniel Kelly.
- For her services to the College Community through her management of the College Canteen and support of Food Technology and Hospitality, we thank Mrs Christine Hall.
- For his service to music, student performance and development of the College Band program and for his pastoral leadership, we thank Mr Adam Holmes.
Each of these members of staff have made a generous and significant contribution the development of the College. We pray that they may they be greatly blessed for all they have given our community throughout their time of service. Please congratulate them once again.
Today we also celebrate the success of our Year 12 Graduating Class for 2017 as we formally acknowledge the 2017 College Dux. Following allocations of the Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranks (ATAR) I am pleased to announce that the 2017 Dux was Courtney Osborne. Courtney was also the recipient of Southern Cross University, Louise Morgan Scholarship and has commenced her studies for a Bachelor of Science Degree. Please congratulate Courtney.
As I have said many times, we are greatly blessed to live and learn in such a beautiful part of the world in such a fantastic school that offers so much to each and every one of us. As we take a moment to give thanks for all we have, I ask every student to think about how they might get the most out of the wonderful opportunities that EAC has to offer. I encourage you all to take advantage of the great gift that God has given you and to make the most of this gift. So use your learning time wisely, get involved in as many parts of College life as possible, build as many strong friendships as you can and always be thankful for the many gifts you receive.
I wish everyone a very happy Foundation Day for 2018.
Mr Robert Tobias
Off the Deputy's Desk
This week sees us reach the halfway mark of what has already been a very busy term. Our students should really be well and truly entrenched in their study routines by now and we will soon see Year 12 sitting mid-course examinations. This means that they will be facing some pressures as they aim to achieve their best possible results.
Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of spending some time with the Year 12 students at the travelling university showcase. There were representatives from Southern Cross University, University of New England, Christian Heritage College, Bond University and Griffith University.
Our seniors were able to listen to a guest speaker who discussed a variety of topics such as accommodation options, financial support, recreational options and course selection. The Year 12’s then had the opportunity to ask questions of the representatives. Thank you to Mrs Evans for coordinating this event which provided our students with the opportunity to start considering, in a serious manner, what their options will be regarding university options post school. This year will pass very quickly for our Year 12 students and they will have some major decisions to make as the year progresses.
This week’s Habit of Mind that I would like to discuss is the valuable habit of thinking flexibly. This another habit that is highly valued in the modern workplace and will continue to be so in the future as workplaces change shape in structure, focus and output.
Thinking flexibly is the ability to change perspective; consider the input of others; generate alternatives; weigh options.
Flexible thinkers display confidence in their intuition. They trust their subconscious to continue creative and productive work.
(Costa, p. 82) Students who lack flexibility approach problem solving rigidly and egocentrically. They are unable to share intellectually. Flexible thinkers are lateral thinkers. Their minds are open to change. "Flexible people draw upon a repertoire of problem-solving strategies and tailor their style to the situation, knowing when to be broad and global in their thinking and when to apply detailed precision."
(Costa, p. 81)
Some of the greatest minds in history have been able to contribute heavily to the advancement of humankind via their ability to solve problems in a way that stepped outside the boundaries of convention to find a better way. This flexibility of thinking transcends academic disciplines and is highly valued by employers in many industries.
Last weekend Niva Ewald (Year 12) competed in the District Championships of Lions Youth of the Year. This competition provides young people with an opportunity to develop their public speaking skills along with providing students with an opportunity to voice their opinions on ‘big picture’ issues facing society. The competition is a demanding one with students having to be interviewed by a panel, produce a CV, present a prepared speech and develop an impromptu speech. Niva was successful in the District Championships and now moves to the Regional Championships to be held in the near future. We congratulate Niva on her significant achievement and wish her every success in the next round of this prestigious competition.
Monday 12 March-HICES Debating at Bishop Druitt College, Coffs Harbour
Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 March-NCIS Soccer Championships-Armidale
Tuesday 13 March-Secondary College Assembly
Tuesday 13 March-Stage 2 Excursion-The Farm, Byron Bay
Wednesday 14 March-Interrelate Cyber Safety Stage 3
Friday 16 March-Secondary Sport
Monday 19 March-Friday 23 March-Year 12 Mid-Course Exams
Tuesday 20 March-Years 5 and 6 Touch Football Trials
Tuesday 20 March-NAPLAN Online Practice Test
Tuesday 20 March-Year 10, 11 Stones Drama Performance
Wednesday 21 March-Touch Football Trials-Secondary Girls
Wednesday 21 March-Teddy Bears’ Picnic-Kindy
Wednesday 21 March-Interrelate Bullying Stage 3
Wednesday 21 March-Interschool Chess-Woodlawn
Wednesday 21 March-Bill Turner Knockout Soccer Cup vs Mullumbimby High School-Alstonville
Thursday 22 March-Touch Football Trials-Secondary Boys
Friday 23 March-Secondary Sport
Mr Darren Parks
Touch Football Trials
This year the college will be selecting the following representative Touch Football teams to compete at the NCIS Touch Football Championships in June.
- Primary Year 5 & 6 Girls
- Primary Year 5 & 6 Boys
- Secondary 15 & Under Girls
- Secondary 15 & Under Boys
- Secondary Open Girls
- Secondary Open Boys
This year we have employed the services of experienced Touch Football Coach Mr Allan Kirchen. Mr Kirchen has been coaching and playing Touch for 31 years. Mr Kirchen is a Level 2 coach who coached representative teams from Under 12's through to Opens. Mr Kirchen is also a former NSW Representative player and the president of Ballina Touch Football Club. Mr Kirchen will work with our teachers to deliver the Touch Football Program this year.
To select our representative teams, we will be conducting trials as follows:
Year 5 & 6 Girls Tuesday 20 & 27 March 7.15 am - 8.30 am
Year 5 & 6 Boys Tuesday 20 & 27 March 7.15 am – 8.30 am
15 & Under Girls Wednesday 21 & 28 March 7.15 am – 8.30 am
Open Girls Wednesday 21 & 28 March 7.15 am – 8.30 am
15 & Under Boys Thursday 22 & 29 March 7.15 am – 8.30 am
Open Boys Thursday 22 & 29 March 7.15 am – 8.30 am
Students must attend trials to be considered for selection.
Please log on to the parent portal to register for the Touch Football Trials and Training by 10.00 am Friday 16 March.
Mr Graham Walker
Sport and Coaching Administrator
Assembly 4A Growth Mindset and Habits of Mind
Last week, students from Year 4A presented an assembly item on how to use growth mindset and Habits of Mind to improve their learning and be more positive and determined about the process. Students explained what a growth mindset was and the benefits of using this mindset. They then showed students in the Primary school what they can do to achieve this.
Year 4A then presented some motivational posters from famous people and related these quotes to how they have been using growth mindset and Habits of Mind to improve a facet of their learning.
Finally, students acted out some growth mindset ideas showing what students need to be saying to themselves to improve and be positive about their learning. The class learnt a lot about using this thinking and we will continue to work on this language and do some activities and journal work throughout the year to develop growth mindset and Habits of Mind in our classroom. Here are some examples of the students’ presentations:
In this class mistakes are expected, inspected and respected. In class, we have been working on a description on some of the characters in Fantastic Mr Fox. I chose Mr Fox and I had trouble coming up with ideas for what he looks like and his personality. I got some feedback and we talked about some parts in the book and some better language to use for my description. I started to use better words and gave examples of Mr Fox from the book and added this to my description. I now feel proud of my work. Making mistakes and getting feedback made my work better. I had to be persistent and curious. These were my Habits of Mind.
Remember, in this class mistakes are expected, inspected and respected.
My poster says, ‘Nothing is impossible. The word itself says, I’m possible’. The quote was by a famous actress named Audrey Hepburn who was very well respected by people across the world. I thought it was impossible to learn my times tables, but I practised in bed learning the answers, then I did them backwards, then forwards with my eyes closed. Now I can use these strategies to make me great at my times tables and by the end of the year I will know them off by heart.
The Habits of Mind I used were persistence, we stay with a task until it’s completed, we don’t give up when things get difficult and as you can see things are not impossible, I’m possible.
Emma Norton and Ben Collins
Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up. This quote was by Rocky Balboa, a character in a movie played by Sylvester Stallone. He wanted to be a famous boxer. He trained extremely hard until he achieved his goal.
I am training to improve my running for cross country. I started by running five laps of a four hundred metre oval. First, I thought that I could not do it but after countless amounts of training I reached my goal. I am now going to see if I can push myself to do more laps by being persistent and not giving up. I am also using the Habit of Mind, being adventurous, having an open mind to new things. Finally, being a learner, striving to learn new things from experiences.
I wasn’t very good at using speech marks. I was a contender. Now I am a champion by practising by writing sentences in different ways using speech marks. I made sure that I added in commas, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks when needed as well. I would get my teacher and my mum to check them. After getting feedback I would go back and try not to make a mistake. I used the Habits of Mind, being careful and being accurate. By doing this, my writing is becoming better.
Remember, every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.
Leader of Welfare - 3-6/Year 4 Teacher
Christ-Likeness, Integrity, Compassion, Commitment and Excellence
Students receive tokens for demonstrating our College values on the playground and in the classroom. Tokens are placed in our Values Barrel and three names are drawn out, acknowledging and rewarding positive behaviour on the playground.
This fortnights three deserving winners are: Max, Kirsty and Sebastian.
Merilyn Mule' Paul Christensen
K-2 Welfare Leader 3-6 Welfare Leader
Writer in Residence
Author in Residence - Tristan Bancks
Last week Years 6, 7 and 8 were extremely privileged to meet, and be taught by, Tristan Bancks, the author of bestselling books, such as Two Wolves and the My Life series.
We joined together for Tristan to give us an introduction to his life as an author. He enlightened us with stories of his childhood and amused us with many jokes.
Then, through the course of the week, each class took part in a writing workshop. We engaged in a series of activities that included writing a list of “I remember” statements and then writing a short creative piece using an artefact that we had brought in as a stimulus. We learnt that tapping into our own experiences is a valuable tool when writing. Using our five senses to build description makes our writing richer. The creativity flowed and the ideas came fast. We learnt that it is important to rewrite and rewrite and rewrite. This is what makes your writing turn from a good piece to a great piece.
Thank you Tristan for inspiring all of us. Your passion as an author is contagious. The words you shared will resonate with us.
Write a lot. Read a lot. Live a lot.
From Year 6.
Literacy Demands: Writing: A Workbook
Leader of Curriculum (English and Arts)
EAC Canteen operates 4 days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, with special lunches on Tuesdays, canteen is open on Tuesdays for general sales at LUNCH only.
Canteen opens at 8.30am and the Menu is available here:
Hot Cross Buns now available $2
Traditional, Chocolate choc chip
SUSHI DATES: MARCH 20, APRIL 3*
NOODLE BOX DATES: MARCH 27
SUBWAY DATES: APRIL 10
Noodle Box – Tuesday 13 March
Noodle Box from “Noodle Box” at Ballina Fair, will be available from the canteen next Tuesday, 13 March. If you would like to order Noodle Box for your child’s lunch next Tuesday please complete the order form then attach your order to a paper bag with your payment enclosed. This should then be put in the canteen basket on Monday morning, 12 March . Order forms will be sent home but are also available at the canteen, office or online.
Order forms will be sent home but are also available at the canteen, office or online.
Dates help is required in the canteen:
March 12, 15 PM, 16pm, 19, 21pm, 26, 28
April 4, 9
If you have advised of your availability and have not heard from the canteen co-ordinator within 24 hours please contact her via text or on firstname.lastname@example.org .
PRIMARY LUNCH ORDERS
Please place the money in a paper bag of sufficient size to fit all of the lunch items. If you are ordering a drink with your child’s lunch please provide two (2) bags. Please remind your child to place their lunch/recess bag in the class tub NOT directly to the canteen.
PLEASE DO NOT STAPLE / TAPE BAGS CLOSED, FOLDED IN 4 APPEARS TO WORK WELL
BAG 1: Name, Class, Teacher, Lunch Order (John Smith, 5A, Mr Falvey, 1 Junior Pie)
BAG 2: Name, Class, Drink/Cold Order (John Smith, 5A, Mr Falvey, 1 Orange Juice)
Any change required will be placed in the bag for return with the child’s lunch order.
0414 811 668
Friends of Emmanuel
The Friends AGM will be held at the EAC – Joan Pickup Library 6:30pm Tuesday 13th March.
This Annual General meeting brings together the EAC parent and carer community to nominate and vote for the representatives of the school who manage and deliver the fund raising activities for all EAC children from Kindy to Year 12.
It is an opportunity to add yourself, or vote for others to be part of this fun and exciting volunteer Friends group. This year celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the school, so we are looking for new and exciting ideas from a broad group, new members to start up and old committee members to return.
At the AGM we need a minimum of 20 attendees, even if you are not nominating yourself or others for positions, it is a fun way to meet other parents and carers across EAC. Following the AGM, the monthly Friends meeting will occur starting at 7:00 pm - All are welcome.
If you do decide to nominate and/or become part of the committee or just attend the meeting(s), it is a great way to get first-hand information and comment on what is happening within the school, due to the Principals report presented each month, as well having input to the ongoing events and activities on offer.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
President of Friends
P.S. Nomination forms are available at the office and need to be completed by 2017 committee members who choose to continue in 2018 and all new nominations for 2018.